from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small armed vessel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A boat or small vessel fitted to carry one or more guns of large caliber, and from its light draft capable of running close inshore or up rivers; also, any small vessel carrying guns.
  • noun In coal-mining, a self-dumping box on wheels, used for raising coal on slopes, and holding three or four tons of coal. It resembles a “skip,” but runs on wheels, and not between guides.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Nav.) A vessel of light draught, carrying one or more guns, used for operations in shallow waters.
  • noun (Nav.) Any small naval vessel carrying mounted guns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical Any of various types of small armed vessel

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small shallow-draft boat carrying mounted guns; used by costal patrols


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